The FTOPS XXI has come to a close, and it seems players were keen to take a little break before the holidays as the last week of high-stakes online action was uncharacteristically slow. For the past few weeks, the high-stakes games have spread more regularly on Full Tilt Poker than on PokerStars, and that trend continued this week as the mysterious “Schoitl” finished as the biggest winner with $394,679 in profit from 4,461 hands over 32 sessions.
What’s more, the next four biggest winners all came from FTP, including Sebastien “Seb86” Sabic (+$222,001 in 46 sessions/4,139 hands), “Sanlker” (+$208,658 in 15 sessions/1,004 hands), Davin “davin77” Georgi (+$172,894 in 82 sessions/11,253 hands) and Sam “S3 TRX” Trickett (+$171,307 in 33 sessions/2,237 hands).
On the flip side, last week’s biggest winner with $1.1 million in profit, current FTP Professional Viktor “Isildur1” Blom, finished as this week’s second biggest loser after dropping $224,489 in 1,737 hands spread across 27 sessions. Only “patpatpanda” lost more, dropping $321,340 in 2,710 hands across 17 sessions. Interestingly enough, Phil “Polarizing” Ivey, who returned to the FTP tables last week, lost $207,246 in 27 sessions/1,175 hands.
Blom & “Sanlker” Find Mixed Results In $300/$600 NLHE Action
On Thursday, Dec. 13, Viktor “Isildur1” Blom took to the $300/$600 No-Limit Hold’em tables on Full Tilt Poker and played against “Sanlker” and “Trueteller”. Blom managed to take approximately $110,000 from the latter, though he later dropped $143,000 to the former. When the day ended, Blom was down $153,000, and “Sanlker” was the day’s biggest winner with $150,700 in profit.
In the day’s biggest pot, action was heads-up when “Sanlker” ($98,287.94) opened for $1,200 and then called when Blom ($33,482.55) three-bet to $3,600. When the flop fell , Blom took the initiative and led out for $3,600, which “Sanlker” quickly raised to $7,925. Blom made the call and then both players checked the turn, which brought about the on the river. Blom checked, “Sanlker” moved all in, and the Swede called off his remaining $21,957.54. Unfortunately for him, he could only muck when “Sanlker” tabled the to take down the $66,965 pot.
In another notable hand, one that Blom also lost, action was once again heads-up, though this time against “bbvisbadforme”. The duel began when Blom ($29,979.65) opened for $1,200 and then called when “bbvisbadforme” ($131,451.50) three-bet to $3,200. The latter then led out for $3,600 on the flop, Blom called, and the appeared on the turn. Again Blom called a bet, this time for $7,800, and then “bbvisbadforme” bet enough to put his opponent all in on the river. Blom called off his last $15,379.64 but mucked when his opponent rolled over for a straight. Ship the $59,959 pot to “bbvisbadforme.”
It’s also worth noting that both Gus Hansen and Eugene “fishosaurusREX” Katchalov won on FTP on Thursday, banking $90,700 and $82,600, respectively.
“Schoitl” & Trickett Dominate Monday’s $200/$400 CAP PLO Action
After a slow weekend, the big games returned on Monday on both FTP and PokerStars. On FTP, Sam “S3 TRX” Trickett played $200/$400 CAP PLO and walked away a $307,000 winner, mostly from two 90-minute sessions. “Schoitl” also did well in Monday’s game, winning nearly $280,000. Other six-figure FTP winners included “mikki696”, Benny “pyschobenny” Spindler and Ben “Bttech86” Tollerene.
On the flip side, Rafi “howisitfeellike” Amit finished as the day’s biggest loser ($200,000); however, his misery had the company of “patpatpanda” and Davin “davin77” Georgi, who both finished as six-figure losers.
In the day’s biggest pot, action was four-handed when Rob “Vaga_Lion” Akery ($33593) opened for $800 under the gun, Ben “1Mastermind”Chen ($20,797.50) three-bet to $3,000, “Schoitl” ($69,423.50) called, and Trickett ($59,382) four-bet to $12,800. Akery called, Chen capped it at $19,000, and the rest of the players called.
The flop was kind to “Schoitl” as it delivered him two pair, though the turn gave Chen the nut-flush draw. While the river actually gave it to him, it also have “Schoitl” a full house and the $76,000 pot.
In another notable hand, action was six-handed when Akery ($36,011.50) opened for $800 under the gun and Georgi ($50,866) three-bet to $3,000 from the hijack. “Schoitl” ($41,528) called from the button, Trickett ($67,845) did the same from the big blind, and Akery called the additional $2,200, making it four-way action to the flop. Trickett immediately led out for $12,200, Akery folded, and Georgi capped it at $13,000 even. Both “Schoitl” and Trickett called and the cards were turned up:
The flop gave Trickett a set of tens, but the turn provided “Schoitl a flush. The failed to pair the board on the river, and “Schoitl” was pushed the $51,200 pot.
Georgi Becomes First Player To Win $1 Million On Full Tilt Poker
The return of Full Tilt Poker brought with it the return of some high-stakes professionals including Davin “davin77” Georgi, who won $224,900 on Wednesday to put him over a $1 million in winnings on the once-vilified site. Georgi has been doing it at the $200/$400 CAP PLO games, which is where his latest win came from.
In his biggest pot, action was three-handed when Georgi ($67,365) opened for $800 on the button and Chen ($22,201) three-bet to $2,800 from the small blind. “Schoitl” ($54,607.50) called from the big, as did Georgi, and all three players saw a flop of . Chen led out for $8,400, “Schoitl” called, and then both of those players called when Georgi capped it at $13,200, creating a pot worth $48,000.
The flop delivered the lead to Georgi with two pair, but it was the running turn and river that gave him a flush and the win.
Although that pot was sweet, it wasn’t the biggest of the day. That one actually happened in a $200/$400 PLO game over on PokerStars. Have a look:
Week’s biggest winners (12/13-12/19): “Schoitl”* (+$394,679), Sebastien “Seb86” Sabic* (+$222,001), “Sanlker”* (+$208,658), Davin “davin77” Georgi* (+$172,894), Sam “S3 TRX” Trickett* (+$171,307)
Week’s biggest losers: “patpatpanda”* (-$321,340), Viktor “Isildur1” Blom* (-$224,489), Phil “Polarizing” Ivey* (-$207,246), Rafi “howisitfeellike” Amit* (-$200,068), “Sussie Smith” (-$173,891)
Biggest Year-to-date winners: Ben “Sauce123” Sulsky (+$3,581,763), Jens “Jeans89” Kyllönen (+$2,505,151), “EireAbu” (+$2,176,527), Ben “Ben86” Tollerene (+$2,151,956), Alex “Kanu7” Millar (+$1,635,244), Niklas “ragen70” Heinecker (+$1,568,022), “bernard-bb” (+$1,488,484), Phil “MrSweets28” Galfond (+$1,417,998), “longerpig” (+$1,403,455)
*Indicates Full Tilt Poker
Data, hands and re-player obtained from HighStakesDB.com
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